Zagreb: 3rd Regional Training for Evaluators in WB & SEEAdministrator
Slovenian Evaluation Society & Croatian Evaluation Network (The Institute of Economics, Zagreb) & Croatian Section of the European Regional Science Association organize the
3rd Regional Training for Evaluators in WB & SEE
23-24 October 2017, as a preconference event to 2nd WBEN Conference in Zagreb, Croatia
- DESCRIPTION OF THE TRAINING
Evaluation is one of Policy cycle’s integral phases (beside programming and implementation), responsible for producing clear and constructive feedback to decision makers on impact of their actions, ex-ante, mid-term or ex-post. Evaluation of policies, programmes and/or projects (PPP) is based on hard evidence but also on soft sources, which account for different valuation of observed impacts between different stakeholders. Neutral evaluation requires careful handling of often inconsistent pieces of information. For this purpose various specialised evaluation methods and tools are available that are qualitative and quantitative, such as analysis of data, literature review, survey, interviews, and triangulation of findings.
However, our experiences from evaluation in South East European region suggest that technical knowledge is only one important precondition for good evaluation. The other and sometimes even more important is evaluator’s ability to work with specific set of regional constraints, such as lack of data that make very technical evaluation tools less useful but increases importance of cultural understanding of evaluation, inter-cultural context, or working in conditions of evaluation anxiety. Evaluators in the region need to be more creative in overcoming barriers to evaluation that are not known in countries from which best technical knowledge is obtained.
This training has regional character in three ways: in specific program design with many case studies from the region, and in interactive work of participants; regional trainers with international experiences; the Program is recognized as relevant by the regional network of evaluators themselves (Western Balkan Evaluation Network – WBEN). This program is unique in the WB region.
This training differs from many others, due to its emphasis on the newest, fifth generation (or fourth wave) of evaluation (Guba-Lincoln; Vedung). It deals with novel challenges in the EU and evaluation of policy synergies related to sustainable development, cohesion, smart growth, horizontal impacts, etc. These are called for in impact evaluation of Cohesion policy and in particular in the new instruments of EU Structural and Investment Funds: CLLD – Community Led Local Development’; ITI – Integrated Territorial Investment’ (for territorial investment in cities and regions); Smart growth (& specialization), but also in evaluation of gender equality, cultural heritage protection, international development assistance, innovation and many other PPPs with strong horizontal (intersectoral) dimension.
The purpose of this training is to enhance practical evaluation skills to evaluators from SEE region. The training’s goal is to transfer specific knowledge, skills and tools to evaluators in SEE region in a very pragmatic way that is based on previously gained experiences. The training will improve capacity of participants to engage in evaluation studies on the level of leading evaluators – who can independently plan and accomplish evaluation tasks. Participants will receive a Certificate at the end of the Training with description of newly obtained knowledge and skills.
2. TRAINING METHODS
The training combines various methods of work with the aim to offer a dynamic approach. The program starts with introductory lectures, but continues with presentation of cases, discussions of participants, and group work, including social events for less formal exchange and networking. Special emphasis is devoted to interactive approach to training where participants have an active role in shaping parts of the Program and especially in testing newly obtained knowledge on concrete examples, together with their peers.
Participants will receive a copy of slides that also include an overview of recommended literature for autonomous work and independent study after the training. After its completion, participants will have the opportunity to get involved into the regional Evaluation Forum (LinkedIn) which operates as a peer-to-peer support network for regional evaluators, including dissemination of relevant information and partner search.
Registration form and Program can be downloaded from the website of Association of Evaluators from Slovenia